Introduction to AceDB

AceDB is a genome database system developed since 1989 primarily by Jean Thierry-Mieg (CNRS, Montpellier) and Richard Durbin (Sanger Institute). It provides a custom database kernel, with a non-standard data model designed specifically for handling scientific data flexibly, and a graphical user interface with many specific displays and tools for genomic data. AceDB is used both for managing data within genome projects, and for making genomic data available to the wider scientific community.

AceDB was originally developed for the C.elegans genome project , from which its name was derived: AC. elegans DataBase. However, the tools in it have been generalized to be much more flexible and the same software is now used for many different genomic databases from bacteria to fungi to plants to man. It is also increasingly used for databases with non-biological content.

Using AceDB


The AceDB software is primarily developed to run under the Unix operating system, using X-Windows for graphics, with a local copy of the database files. To obtain a copy of this version see Downloading AceDB.

On the Web

AceDB databases can be accessed via the Web, using the AceBrowser system, which serves a local installation of the C. elegans Genome Database .

From software

There are several APIs for AceDB, allowing you to call it as a library from several programming languages. Interfaces to Perl, Java and CORBA are already available.

For further details of any of these (and links to those documented on other sites) see Extensions and Interfaces to AceDB.


Versions of acedb are currently maintained at: